Island Games team members take the top spots

Triathlete Mat Dorrian took a comfortable win in the Ana Leaf Winter Duathlon Series at Pembroke on Sunday to retain last year’s success.

The Guernsey Triathlon Club’s fourth and final race of its Ana Leaf Winter Duathlon 2015 series saw 35 individuals take part in the 3 mile run, 20 mile bike and 3 mile run format. 

The two lap run took competitors from transition outside the Golf Club, around the back of the tip and then anti clockwise back to transition via Mont Cuet and La Jaonneuse Roads, followed by a coastal bike leg out to the Imperial Hotel and back with the run repeated to finish.

Dorian set a rapid running pace from the start closely followed by James Gower.  By the end of the first lap there was a noticeable split at the front of the pack with Dorian and Gower being tracked by another Island Games team member Sean Murphy and Joseph Ensink.  Jon Osborn made up fifth spot coming into T1 with novices Stuart Phillips and Lloyd Wallbridge making up sixth and seventh places respectively. 

On the bike Dorian held onto his lead with Gower roughly 90 seconds off his pace coming into T2.  Dorrian had another strong final run and finished in a time of 1:26:22 seconds with Gower finishing in 1:28:35.  Murphy finished in 1:30:54 with Osborne fourth in 1:31:34

Dorrian said; “Training has been difficult due to work commitments so it was really useful to gauge my level over a decent length course against some of the Island Games squad.  My run is suffering from a few extra kilograms, but that said running off the bike felt good. I felt reasonably strong from the start and the bike leg was steady.

“Hopefully I can gain some more power on the bike in the next few months as judging by the swim form of the rest of the squad I will have a significant deficit coming out of the water! I think there will be very close competition to make the first three in Jersey which is great for the squad generally.

Gower said; “I felt good today. It was nice to have a good turn out on a sunny day for a change.  Today’s race highlighted my need to get some more bike-to-run training sessions in, to stop the ‘jelly legs’!”

Murphy was happy with his first competitive race of the year.

“In the first run I tried to go at a comfortable pace from the off and not get sucked in to chasing guys in front, which worked well as I caught Jos and Lloyd who had gone off too quickly taking me into T1 in third where I wanted to be,” he said.

“On the bike I tried to keep the outward leg (into the wind) fairly steady so my legs wouldn’t blow up and then push hard on the return with the tail wind.  Jon and Lloyd caught and passed me at the turn point but we regrouped and I managed to catch and pass them again along Vazon to come into T2 still in third, hoping my run would be strong enough to keep me there.  I was happy to pull a bit of a gap over Jon and pleased to come in third which had been my goal.”

In the Women’s race, first time duathlete and fresh from her excellent half marathon debut finishing as fourth woman the week before, Laura McCarthy took the spoils in a time of 1:40:55 with Amy Critchlow finishing second in a time of 1:45:47 and Andrea Nightingale taking third in 1:53:14.

“This was my first duathlon so I wasn't sure what to expect but was excited about giving it a go,” said McCarthy. 

“I wanted to avoid going out too fast on the first run so I worked out an ideal running pace in advance and stuck to it consistently. The first half of the bike was pretty challenging, with a stronger headwind than expected, but I pushed hard and managed to maintain the speed I was hoping for. This did mean the bike back was faster and a lot more fun, as well as a chance for a little bit of recovery before the second run, which was a bonus! I was only able to take part in this race because it was rescheduled but am so glad I did. I loved every minute and am really looking forward to the triathlons this summer.”

Amy Critchlow was happy to be back testing her fitness levels under race conditions, having missed the majority of the duathlon winter series. 

“The race started quickly with Laura running out with the lead pack, leaving me in the mid-section at a more manageable pace,” said Critchlow.  “I settled into my pace well and pushed through the two laps feeling strong. Jumping on to my bike at T1 I hoped to gain some time back and close the gap between Laura during the 20 mile circuit. However, a few minutes into the bike my glutes tightened up and I found it difficult to find a comfortable pace on the first third of the ride. After the turn point at Pleinmont and with a light tail wind I found my legs again and dug deep to try and chase Laura, but she was no-where to be seen. Coming off the bike into T2 my thoughts were to just complete a good second run and finish feeling strong.”

In the junior race, sole competitor Josh Thornton took on a slightly shorter race and finished in a time of 1:20:35.

Overall standings after the final race meant that the Men’s competition was won jointly by Lloyd Wallbridge and Jon Osborn tied on 143 points.  Sam de Kooker placed second with 134 points and Chris Dunford and Steve Smith tied for third with 130 points.

In the Women’s competition Jenny Keeping was first overall with 73 points, Andrea Nightingale was second with 69 points and Adele Perrot was third with 66 points.

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The next race in the Guernsey Triathlon Club’s calendar is its annual Novice Triathlon and takes place at Beau Sejour on 17 May 2015.  Full details can be found at or you can contact organiser Simon March directly by email at   

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